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Microgreens

Have you been to a restaurant and ordered salads or starters and noticed mini colourful leaves mixed in or used as garnishes? They are microgreens. I came across this term earlier this year and started reading about it and then tried growing them in my home. Wikipedia defines Microgreens as ‘young vegetable green’ or more like tender shoots of plants before the first set of proper leaves have developed. Microgreens are nutrient rich and flavour-packed mini versions of full grown vegetables/salads. Microgreens have a wide amount of flavour profile. Some are fruity, sweet, earthy and spicy. This depends upon...

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Autumn Vibes

            Rachna Soni moved to Switzerland (Brugg, AG) only two months ago. She was born and brought up in Mumbai (India) and never really got the chance to live so close to nature. “This is the first autumn I am experiencing and I am extremely fascinated by the beautiful colours of the leaves and the sky. Everything, in general, feels so much fresher and crispier,” says Rachna. Autumn is without any doubt her new favourite season and she finds it a great opportunity to pursue her hobby – photography. Here are a few stunning...

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Swisspuja 2017

As the setting sun streaks brilliant vermillion across the sky and twilight beckons, the ‘dhaak*’ beats feverishly and church bells toll.  They ring through the air. Together. Swisspuja is underway. Nestled within the Albis range and the Sihltahl Valley’s quintessentially ‘Swiss’ landscape, for a full five days in Autumn, the Shwerzisaal in Langnau Am Albis becomes home-away-from-home for Switzerland’s Bengali diaspora. Indeed, it paints a perfect picture of inter-community harmony as both the greater South-Asian community, along with the local Swiss community throng its halls. Durga Puja, as it is celebrated in Switzerland, is a landmark event in Switzerland’s...

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DIY ‘Diya’ and ‘Agarbatti’ Holder for Diwali

Make your own ‘diya’ and ‘agarbatti’ holder this Diwali. Sriprabha Kasthuri tells you how. With Diwali around the corner, it’s time to decorate the house with flowers, ‘diyas’ and ‘rangolis’. The excitement of Diwali has set in and so it’s time to start work on handmade clay ‘diyas’ and ‘agarbatti’ (incense stick) holders. Time required: 2-3 hours Materials required: Clay –  Air-dry clay that is easily available at Migros Do it Garden / Coop Bau und Hobby or any other craft shop. The air-dry clay is available in white or terracotta colours. Instead of air-dry clay, polymer clay can...

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Einige Todsünden (A few deadly sins) – Libertinism dealt with subtlety

Sowgandhika Krishnan reviews the dance drama, ‘Einige Todsünden’, an adaptation of the book “”Les liaisons dangereuses”. “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody”, said Mark Twain.  A lot of research in psychology as well as a lot of art and literature has centered around the dark side of human personality. One such example is the 18th century book “”Les liaisons dangereuses” (Dangerous Liaisons) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Over the years, the book has been adapted into a play, a Broadway production, a film, as well as the rewriting titled ‘Quartet’ by Heiner...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #27:

    Rajnigandha

    Polianthes tuberosa is a night blooming perennial plant whose flowers are used in perfumery. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘Polianthes’ meaning ‘many flowers’ and Latin term tuberosa meaning ‘swollen’. In India, the flower of this plant is known as ‘Rajnigandha’.

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